by Bill Turner
A ceremony in the school library last Wednesday saw three Hidden Valley athletes commit to play their respective sport at the college level.
Hayden Smith will attend Alleghany College in Meadville,Pa. where he will play baseball. A four-year player for Hidden Valley, including two as a member of the varsity squad, Smith follows his father, Scott, who was a pitcher for Alleghany.
Since Alleghany is a Division-3 college that cannot offer athletic scholarships, Smith took advantage of his hard work in the classroom to receive a merit scholarship. He listed the coach, the family history at Alleghany, and other family who live there as his reasons for choosing the school.
Trevor Holdren, a lineman on the Hidden Valley football team for four years, signed with UVA-Wise to continue his football career. He pointed to the great program and facilities in making his choice. Holdren received a partial athletic scholarship, and had also considered Concord and Bluefield.
Also Wednesday, Hidden Valley swimmer Sami Norman signed with King College in Bristol. She had also considered Lenoir-Rhyne, Ferrum, Hood and Pfeiffer.
Norman, who has been a member of the Titan swim team for 3 years, and the CCA Marlina for five, said she was at home with the King team and loved the beautiful campus.